VDOT Invites Comments on Land Development Regulations

VDOT is seeking public input on proposed revisions to its land use regulations.  These regulations involve, among other things, whether or not VDOT will take over maintenance of secondary street system created by developers as part of subdivisions.  In the past, VDOT regularly adopted these roads into the state system, but recent changes encouraged VDOT to do this only when the new street systems included connectivity to surrounding neighborhoods and activity centers, and discouraged them from taking on systems that included cul-de-sacs.  Here is the information from their website:

During the 2011 session, the Virginia General Assembly passed Senate Bill 1462, which became Chapter 870 of the 2011 Acts of Assembly, directing the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to solicit and consider public comment in the development of revisions to the Secondary Street Acceptance Requirements (SSAR) and the Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) regulations which are implemented by VDOT.

VDOT will use multiple methods to collect public input in conjunction with this effort.  A general notice has been published in The Virginia Register of Regulations and posted on the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall to solicit public comments related to these regulations.  VDOT will accept Town Hall comments through May 31, 2011.   The Virginia Regulatory Town Hall will also electronically send this notice to anyone who has registered to receive notices concerning transportation issues.

VDOT will also contact individuals who have submitted comments in the past regarding these land development regulations.  Anyone wishing to submit comments on these regulations may use this electronic template or mail comments to the following address by May 31, 2011:  VDOT Transportation and Mobility Planning Division, ATTN:   Land Development Regulation Comments, 1401 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA    23219

VDOT will also conduct at least one public hearing to receive input on the proposed  revisions.  This hearing will be held after the Town Hall input process and will be announced on the Town Hall site and this website.  Using this approach, VDOT and the CTB will offer two separate periods to submit feedback on these regulations.

VDOT and the CTB would like to thank people submitting comments for their time and effort to assist in the revision of these regulations.